GRIPP currently maintains an in vitro germplasm collection consisting of over 100 spp. and has the capacity to maintain the entire native Canadian plant biodiversity in its cryopreservation facility. By providing long-term storage of plant germplasm with regeneration capabilities, GRIPP offers a unique environment for helping botanic gardens and research institutes to fulfill their mandates for conservation.
Memoranda of understandings have already been signed with the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and the United States Department of Agriculture to establish collaborative research projects. GRIPP is continuously looking to expand its capacity for conserving endangered and threatened plant species, and welcomes organizations from both the public and private sector to make contact.
GRIPP’s cryopreservation facility
Flash-freezing the buds of an endangered plant species could enable its future recovery
In a small, windowless room at the University of Guelph, Praveen Saxena peruses a shelf packed with little green shoots growing in